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HFC Blowing Agents are under pressure to be phased out around the world

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HFC blowing agents are under pressure to be phased out around the world 

North America

In the U.S the Significant New Alternative Policy (SNAP) Program Rule 20 to de-list Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) such as HFC-245fa, HFC-365mfc, and HFC-134a from use within specific foam applications. The new Rule 20 goes into effect on August 19, 2015. It restricts use of HFCs or blends thereof as early as January 1, 2017. Rigid Spray Foam remains “not finalized.”

In Canada the proposed phase down approach, starting January 2017. If approved, would prohibit the use of HFCs in:

  • Spray foam applications by January 2019
  • Extruded polystyrene by January 2020
  • All other foams by January 2022

Europe

The amended F-gas regulation phases down consumption of HFCs from 2015 to 2030 in steps, based on 2014 sales.

Market prohibition dates:  

  • Domestic appliances starting in 2015 (GWP of 150 or more)
  • Appliances for commercial use (hermetically sealed equipment) starting in 2020 (GWP of 500 or more) and further reduced in 2022 (GWP of 150 or more)
  • Other foams including polyurethane spray foam from 2023

Asia  

Most Asian countries are under “Article 5” in the Montreal Protocol, which requires gradual phase-out HCFCs from 2013 and leading to a complete phase-out of HCFC consumption and production by 2030.  

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